Book Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted December 23, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 12 Comments

Another Little Piece

by Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Original Publishing Date: June 11, 2013
Length: 419 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen

Obtained Via: Purchased
Format Read In: E-book
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On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.


Another Little Piece is everything I THOUGHT I didn’t like in books, and yet, somehow, I managed to like this one. And not even like this one–I really liked this one, and I was on the edge of my seat and enthralled the entire time. I read this book over Halloween, and let me tell you, this book fit the whole mood and idea of Halloween SO well.

This book is very straight horror and is not for everyone. I’m surprised it was for me. It is completely bloody and has more gore than I’m typically comfortable with. I will admit I skimmed some of the harsher and more graphic scenes because there are some things I just can’t take, but none of them made me want to put the book down because I was too curious about the mystery of Annalise.

This book is not a book filled with easy answers. It keeps the reader in the dark for much of the time, though never too long to the point where I felt annoyed by lack of information. The girl in Annalise’s body is not Annalise–that’s all we know from the beginning, and the readers travel with Annalise–or rather, the person who is currently living Annalise’s life–and as she tries to decipher everything, so do we.

The writing and story is sparse, here, but for Another Little Piece, it works. And the title is very fitting as well. The entire story, I was so intrigued by Annalise’s life. And if you’re reading this and thinking I’m not saying much, you’re right. This is a short review simply because I cannot talk about the plot or most of the characters without giving the story away, and it’s one of those books you really have to read for yourself.

As I mentioned, though, as much as I liked this book, it is NOT for everyone. I say that often, but it is true of this book in particular. It is bloody. It is gory. It is horrifying and shiver-inducing at times. It’s written in a way that makes you more confused right before you get new information. I know many of the bloggers I follow did not like this one at all, for understandable reasons. Personally, however, I was drawn in right away and never really wanted to emerge from the world of the book until I had my answers.

Final Impression: If you’re looking for a good horror YA novel, I highly recommend Another Little Piece. Perhaps not for everyone(there’s a LOT of blood and body parts, let’s be upfront about that), but if you’re the type of reader who doesn’t mind going down a VERY windy road before reaching the conclusion of a heart-stopping story, Another Little Piece is for you.




4 Stars

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12 responses to “Book Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

  1. it is like you wrote everything I thought.. this book does have everything I don’t like and I HATE gore (I skimmed over the burning scene with the cigarette and other bloody ones) but somehow I was SO intrigued by the whole mystery. I officially love this author. I even downloaded her second upcoming book. You should check it out!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    • stormydawnc

      Oh yeah, I skimmed over a lot too. I think I actually did make it through the cigarette scenes, but all the bloody heart ones? Yeah, there was no way I could read that word-for-word. I’ve read (Don’t You) Forget About Me, and thought it was even better!

  2. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long time and I REALLY want to actually read it in 2014. I’m not a big horror person but this book sounds like it would just mess with me and I totally want that haha. I just feel like I would really enjoy it!

    • stormydawnc

      Oh, I’m so curious to see what you think of it! I read an ARC of Quinn’s next book, and it was just as weird but less horror/gorey. I feel that one will go over with most people a lot better.

  3. Kim @ The Nomadic Book Hoarder

    I can imagine how this book was a great Halloween read for you! While it does sound like a very exciting read, I don’t think I’ll be reading it. You say it’s not for everyone, well, I think I might be one of those. I don’t think I can handle all that blood and gore. Thanks for the review!

    • stormydawnc

      Yeah, in that case I probably wouldn’t recommend it. It’s just a WEIRD book too. I mean, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I have several blogging friends who thought the plot was just too strange for them, even without all the blood.

    • stormydawnc

      I think I’m coming around to the horror genre! This was the second horror book I read in October, and I ended up giving them both 4 stars!

  4. Yay I’m so glad you enjoyed it too Stormy! It really was quite a bloody and gory book which I usually avoid because I’m not good with gore. I made the mistake of reading this on the bus and was just trying to control my emotions xD But it truly is a very interesting story and I’m so excited to read more from Kate Karyus Quinn!

    • stormydawnc

      I’m not great with gore either. Blood doesn’t bother me too bad, but outright gorey stuff, like the heart thing? Yeah, that I normally wouldn’t be able to handle, but I was just so intrigued.

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